by Paul Garver
Over the past few years, millions of Chinese workers have been striking for better pay and working conditions – and many have been winning their demands. This activity – especially against a background of labor defeat in the developed world – is both stunning and largely unexplored. A March 17 Roundtable at the Murphy Institute co-sponsored by Jacobin magazine, Labor Notes and Talking Union provided an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in China. Cornell Professor Eli Friedman gave depth and detail to the strike wave, with particular attention to the question of contemporary trends that will influence the future of Chinese labor politics. Commentary was provided by several leading China labor scholars, all drawing from extensive research.
- Anita Chan, University of Technology-Sydney
- Chris King-Chi Chan, City University of Hong Kong
- Elaine Sio-ieng Hui, University of Kassel
Full proceedings are in the video provided here.